Pt Reyes Sampler - 3 hikes for a total of 6-7 miles (Easy)

  • April 12, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Let's go sample some of the sweeter, shorter hikes at Point Reyes. This day should be enjoyable for almost any level of hiker except those that need a large mileage or elevation gain to be satisfied. It will be about enjoying some of the treasures of this park, not about speed, distance, or height. It will also be a great opportunity for photographers – lots of excellent subjects and leisurely time to capture them. But if you want a long, hard workout, this is not your day.

We'll meet in Point Reyes Station and consolidate into no more than 4 cars. Then we'll drive to 3 different trail heads and walk on 3 different trails.

The hikes/locations we'll be visiting and options:

 

Point Reyes Lighthouse: (approximately 1 mile round trip plus optional 308 steps each way to the lighthouse itself). After driving to the northwest point of Point Reyes, we'll head up a paved trail about a half a mile. There you'll find the lighthouse visitor center and amazing views. From there it's 308 steps down (and eventually back up) to the actual lighthouse; if you go, you might even get a chance to see the original Fresnel lens that warned sailors away from the point. Gray whales are migrating north now, so you have a good chance to see some of these giants passing by either from the lighthouse or the viewing platform above. A pair of peregrine falcons nests nearby, so you may see the fastest bird on the planet wing overhead. There is a VERY loud horn that sounds every 30 seconds; bring ear plugs if you need them. If you can't handle the steps, it's still worth visiting the viewing platform at the top. We'll plan to spend at least 30 minutes at the lighthouse.

 

Chimney Rock and Elephant Seal Overlook: (approximately 2 miles out and back to Chimney Rock, .5 miles out and back for the overlook). The other end of the NW point has a lovely hike out and back to an overlook above Chimney Rock. This time of year, there are wildflowers dotting the grass along the trail. There are also some elephant seals on a small beach in Drakes Bay for which there is an overlook. We'll have time to visit both areas.  This might be a great place for lunch.

 

 

Abbotts Lagoon: (approximately 3 miles round trip; shorter if you stop at the lagoon and don't trek across the sand to the ocean) This is a lesser used trail that is short and sweet. This one is at sea level . We'll walk along a marshy area,  past a cow pasture. and by Abbotts lagoon to the ocean and a gorgeous beach stretching into the distance in both directions. There are plenty of birds and some sand dunes to add some further interest. We'll have a short time at the beach before we retrace our steps and return.

 

This is a very weather dependent hike – if it's predicted to be very windy or raining, this will be postponed. Watch for updates by 10pm the evening before.

 

If you don't want to go to all three locations and/or participate in the car pool from Pt Reyes Station, please don't sign up for this one. This is a logistically challenging day, so participants will need to help by respecting the plan. I think it is well worth the effort if everyone does their part.

Car pooling is critical. We can do the usual car pools from Petaluma and Santa Rosa, but I will be needing everyone to consolidate further into no more than 4 cars in Pt. Reyes Station. If you don't want to go to all three locations and share in the car pools, please don't sign up for this one.

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive.Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to any of the designated locations.

Car pool locations:

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:20

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA: Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:45

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm

These times should allow for a Bovine Bakery stop in Pt Reyes Station!

Everyone meets in Pt Reyes Station: meet in the parking lot on the west side of Highway 1 in downtown. There is a blue “Visitors Center” sign just North of the lot, and a “Surf Shack” and a Highway 1 sign just south. If you get to the right angle turn at the south end of downtown, you've gone too far. We leave the Pt Reyes Station Visitor Center parking lot at 9:30am.

Please read and be aware of the following:

  • This will be a leisurely day with time to stop and smell (or photograph) the flowers, look for whales, and dip your toes in the ocean.
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. This is especially important if there are any weather issues. Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening. We often do hike in light rain.
  • Give yourself time to find the car pool meeting point so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. The time listed is the time we head out. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.
  • RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
  • Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Facilities: at each trail head
  • Dogs?: No
  • Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Bring a lunch. You'll have a choice of great locations to take a break and eat.
  • If you have them, bring: a camera, binoculars, a wind breaker, gloves, a hat, and one more layer than you think you'll need.

See you on the trail!

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  • Shirley D.

    OMG! What fun that day was! I discovered two new trails and saw some awesome scenery. Such good people, such good pics. Thanks for all the organizing and the pictures shared.

    April 13, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    Ho much fun was that? Thank you, Kathy, for putting together a fabulous field trip for us all. And to my car buddies, for such great companionship (and directions).....and to everyone else for such fabulous esprit de corps. Looking at all the great photos just makes me want to go back!

    April 13, 2013

  • Colleen K.

    I agree it was a wonderful day with great company, both human and animal. So much to see at each stop and I loved looking through all of the pictures everyone posted. Very nice photography!

    April 13, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Mini safari at Point Reyes! That was great. Thanks Kathy and all my fellow Wand-adventurers!

    April 13, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    Thank you for all the wonderful photos for those of us to enjoy that could not attend. This seashore is endowed with great care and love, made possible by those who came before us. At one time this area was slated to be like the Santa Cruz Beach boardwalk....

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • David E.

    Had a great time, thanks Kathy and all the Wanderers that joined in today.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • David E.

    Sorry, I twisted my toe, I fell off a ladder, I had a bad collision playing hockey last night, I slept through my alarm, my car broke, my dog ran away from home, I had nightmares.... but in spite of all that, I am going to be there. ;-)

    1 · April 12, 2013

    • Leigh

      David....you made my day with this comment! LOL!!

      April 13, 2013

  • Thanya A.

    Kathy, your nature and people photos are amazing!

    April 12, 2013

  • Steven A.

    A potent day - powerful wind, bright sun, ocean waves, calm clear water, whales breaching, coyotes elk and deer exploring, Fresnel lenses focusing light, flowers opening and opening of ourselves to one another - perfect!!!

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Kathy

    Ahh!!!! I loved the variety of views/places. The coyote and elk herd were wonderful bonuses. As always, the company was perfect. Sun, wind, ocean, flowers, friends, it doesn't get much better than this. Thanks, everyone!!!

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for a perfect day on my first Wanderers hike!

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Janet S.

    Fantastic introduction to this area

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Thanya A.

    Wonderful views, wonderful company!!!

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Steven A.

    Robin will not be joining me - nut of course I will be there - see you soon

    April 12, 2013

  • deb

    Sorry for the late change. Hurt my leg exercising

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I really wanted to go but a water main broke in neighborhood I think I'll need to deal with it.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I will not be able to carpool from Point Arena due to work commitments. Have fun.

    April 11, 2013

  • Mark

    Well, unfortunately I am now unable to attend. Sorry for the late notice and have a great hike!

    April 11, 2013

  • Beverly H.

    Yeah, I am confirmed for this hike. I will meet at Coddingtown and can help drive from there as well.

    April 11, 2013

  • Mark

    Would anyone like to carpool from Coddingtown? I am happy to drive, or ride.

    April 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i'll be at coddingtown, 8:20.

      April 11, 2013

    • David E.

      If I get off the waiting list, I would like to carpool from Coddingtown.

      April 11, 2013

  • DEBI C.

    Got a Dr. appt - lumpy palm!

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to be next time.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, change of plans

    April 11, 2013

  • Janet S.

    I'd like to carpool from Petaluma. Anyone?

    April 8, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    I can pick up Napa & Sonoma folks. Pumpkin patch & park n ride.

    April 11, 2013

    • Elaine d.

      Oops! Forgot I need to end up in Santa Rosa. I will be at Petaluma!

      April 11, 2013

  • Dan

    I've had to cancel. Hope you have a great hike!

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i have to work!
    or... I get to work!
    have a great time, this is the place to hike this time of year....flowers flowers flowers

    April 8, 2013

  • Thanya A.

    I'll be driving out from Fairfax, so if anyone from Marin wants to car pool from here, I'd be glad to.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I better change my RSVP because I have a really big day Saturday - thanks anyway all and see you next time!

    April 8, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Mark, I would like to carpool from Coddingtown. See you there.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Barring the unforeseen I will be there.

    April 3, 2013

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